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Mental Health Awareness Week

May 3 - 7, 2021


Good mental health isn’t about being happy all the time. It is important that we acknowledge the full range of emotions we feel, even the uncomfortable ones. When we can identify and name our emotions we can better understand, process, and cope with them, allowing us to ultimately feel better (CMHA).

We encourage you to use the following resources to help with continued learning at home. These family-friendly strategies are meant to benefit everyone. Remember, children are more likely to learn and develop good habits when they see adults practicing them.

Activities for School-Aged Children:

  • EMOTION CHARADES: On slips of paper write or draw different emotions. Family members take turn pulling slips from a bowl and acting out the emotions for others to guess.
  • DEEP BREATHING can help to relax the body and mind and can be done anywhere. Help your child to practice this skill using the Kids Help Phone Breathing Balloon.
  • PRAYER can be a healing act in times of difficulty. Teach your child the Pope Francis Five Finger Prayer.
  • WALK AND TALK. Physical activity releases feel-good chemicals into our bodies which can improve our mood. Walking with your child provides opportunity for candid conversations, with the added benefit of connection time which is so important for our mental health.
  • Visit the School Mental Health Ontario website for more SIMPLE MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICES that will help your family to cope with stress.


Activities for Youth and Teenagers:

Try these conversation starters: